Please tell me I am not the only one who puts holiday crafting and decorating to the last minute, literally, every time. Until I started blogging, and I had to start actually preparing things advance, I didn’t even allow much thought to calendaring outside work and family events. Holidays just kind of happened inbetween it all.
Sooo, last year the day before the Valentines class party, I again (for the millionth time) realized I needed to make something last minute. I love having my kids put their own creative stamp on projects like this, but unfortunately there wasn’t much time so I sifted through my daughters drawings and doodles and turned her drawing into a 3-D Valentines box that had her style written all over it. Super fun, but I was super tired by the end of the night (or early morning…).
For my son, I drew out a monster truck and let him go to town coloring it. And then I had to restrain myself from touching up his coloring job. OCD Crafter here.
So for this year, I knew I needed a new approach and needed to prepare in advance. I am pretty excited with the results. I think that it will not only be helpful for me, but everyone. A swift cruise through Pinterest turned up some finds using a tissue box. It’s a pretty standard item so I put together a template that easily goes through the design process step-by-step.
We have two different variations of our Tissue Valentine’s Boxes:
1. Design Yourself Template which you can print for free below.
2. Print and Color Template, all ready made templates for purchase in our Etsy shop. You can check out the designs below.
Calling all creative kids! We are having a contest for the Cutest Tissue Box Valentine Box using these templates. Click Here for more details.
1. Design Yourself Templates
You can download the FULL INSTRUCTIONS for the SIDE PROFILE template here (pictured below): Kleenex-Box-Instructions-Profile
You can download the FULL INSTRUCTIONS for the FRONT FACE PROFILE template here (pictured below): Kleenex-Box-Instructions
There is a sketch template that makes it easy to try out a few different design ideas before committing to the final design. Notice that the template is just a guideline and with a little bit of creativity you can change it into just about anything. Here are a few of my favorite sketches.
I printed out design templates for my kids and let them do their thing. I just love what they came up with. Aren’t kids sketches just the cutest!?! These designs really fit their personalities and they were so proud of what they created.
So you might have a few questions about the process and how it all comes together. The directions for making these cute animals are all included in the template packets through the links above. If you need help with cutting out the foam core, we have a super helpful video tutorial.
2. Print and Color Template
If you are feeling like it might all be too tough for your little one to create a design from scratch we have Print and Color packets available through our Etsy Shop.
Here’s a pic of our print and color Monster Truck:
Here is the Print and Color Dachshund Dog: